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  1. I know someone this happened to in Canada, too. Luckily, they had heard of the scam from me talking about it happening to a neighbour in Riberas, so they hung up after giving the guy a piece of their mind. Politely, of course. She's Canadian after all, <wink>
  2. What a reasonable response to the situation from the Canadian government. This must put some minds to rest.
  3. When we were stopped by those guys a couple of years ago (entering Mexico) we played with each other for about 20 minutes before they let us go. They were going to 'give us a ticket' that we'd have to pay in NLaredo, out of our way, blah blah. We said we'd take the ticket. They switched guys and the one in the cruiser came out to try his luck. Told us we were speeding in a 20k zone. Really???? A 20k zone? Then we'd better take the ticket. Went to his car to get the form. Waved it in front of us. We insisted on the ticket. After 20 minutes they gave up on us and sent us on our
  4. We (2 Canadians) crossed at Columbia 2 weeks ago with our 2 dogs. Our dogs have papers (up to date shots; no 'health certificate' as it is not a written requirement in US, Mexico or Canada for crossing). As has been the case with our 18 crossings, north and south now, no one even noticed the 2 dogs. We mentioned them to the Border Guard. He did not ask to see the papers or ask us any questions about them. Same entering Canada.
  5. We always use Columbia, including when we crossed into the US two weeks ago. It is not very busy at all (no wait, at all, two weeks ago. ) You turn right off Hwy 2 and along a long road, staying in the 'auto' lane. You will see a hut where you turn in your TIP, then follow the road, veering left until yu get to the immigrado building (one story, lots of parking) You turn in your turista here, then head slightly to your right to pay the bridge toll and cross into the US. When we went, all of the carrels were marked closed, and we were somewhat confused, but it turned out they had so few peo
  6. We are not at Lakeside for the next 6 months. When we go north, we usually continue to pay our maid (4 hours a week) and our gardener (1 1/2 hours twice a week) and they work although the house is empty. We give the maid a number of 'once a year' jobs to do for the 6 months; the gardener continues to water and trim as usual. This year, we will continue to pay them, but we've asked them not to come to work on public transit. The maid will come every 10 days or so, in her husband's truck, to check on the house and then leave; the gardener, who comes in his own truck, will come every 7-10
  7. Well, we 2 Canadians crossed the border around 1 pm on Monday, at Columbia Bridge. No wait at all, in fact all the carrels were marked "Closed" and we thought they had closed the whole Entry, but it turned out they hadn't bothered turning them to 'Open" because they hadn't expected anyone. It's that quiet. Our border guard checked our passports, asked us a couple of cursory questions, asked us why we were leaving Mexico (we said 'because our government told us to go home') and we were done. No checking of our temperature, no asking about symptoms. In fairness, he may have been a train
  8. Thank you so much for following up, JGiff. We will be crossing tomorrow around noon, and I will be able to sleep tonight knowing this information. Then 3 tense days in the U.S. and on to 14 days quarantine in Ontario. Stay safe over the next 2 weeks until you can get home. Then stay safe up north.
  9. We're off this morning to Saltillo, then on to Columbia bridge tomorrow. Theory is that if they turn us back, we can return to Saltillo to stay over, then back here on Tuesday. We're hoping, as Canadians returning home, they'll let us through. Not tourists, not leisure travel. They are letting Canadians switch planes in the US, so here's hoping. Our embassy thinks they will. We think we are probably, who knows, better off down here, but our health insurance will run out at the end of April, and insurers are not reinsuring travel insurance or not under the same conditions.
  10. A couple of updates: I called the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City and the person I spoke to said I should get official information from the US Embassy but that it's Canada's understanding that we can enter US territory if we are on our way home. I tried the US Embassy, who patched me through to Border Control, who did not answer the number I was patched to. Articles I'm reading seem to be focussing on leisure and tourism as examples of 'non-essential' business. Also, the regs that will define some of the terms the agreement between the US and Mexico are using are not set to come o
  11. In our case, Monday is as immediately as we can cross. If anyone crosses between now and then and either has trouble or doesn't, we'd appreciate the info.
  12. Thanks for the info Oatsie. Are your friends US citizens or Canadians?JGiff if you cross into us before Sunday please let us on this board know? I will do the same when I find out what happens to us when we try to cross on Monday.
  13. Please keep this thread open. We will be crossing into US (fingers crossed) mid day Monday, and then up through the US to Canada. Trying to keep on top of info, but things are changing rapidly. If anyone is crossing before we do and has info that is helpful, we would appreciate it. Looks like the US Government may be announcing changes imminently, but itś unclear what they may be. They SOUND like they are focussing on undocumented workers travelling across, and may let two Canadian pensioners going home across, but itś hard to tell.
  14. Colombia is our border crossing of choice, and will be the one we take again, all things being normal-ish. Hoping to hear from those who successfully cross (esp. non-US citizens) in the next couple of weeks. Thanks again,
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